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Nickname(s) Soap, Papa Six, Hotel Six, Bravo Six
Appears in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Rank Captain; formerly Sergeant (Modern Warfare)
Affiliations 22nd SAS Regiment, Task Force 141
Status In hiding
Weapon MP5SD, M4A1 SOPMOD, USP .45, M1911,M21, M249, Knife, AK-47, M14 EBR, M1014,MP5K, G18, Intervention, Vector, Mini-Uzi, and any other weapon at his disposal
"Right. What the hell of a kind of name is Soap, eh? How'd a muppet like you pass Selection?"
— John Price's first words to Soap MacTavish, in "F.N.G.".

"Soap" MacTavish is one of the main characters in the game, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as a Sergeant, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as a Captain and commanding officer of Gary Sanderson(the main playable character of Modern Warfare 2). He plays a major role during the Ultranationalist crisis, a newcomer to the British SASand part of Captain Price's Bravo Team. Players assume the role of Soap in Modern Warfare as well as others. He is present as a NPC inModern Warfare 2, except near the end of the game where the player retakes his role. Soap is the apparent field commander of Task Force 141.

MacTavish is voiced by Kevin McKidd in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.



Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

Soap, sometime during the events leading up to Modern Warfare 2."Soap" begins his SAS career hours before the six-day global war begins. He starts out as a Sergeant, unusual in that newcomers to the SAS are usually demoted to Trooper so that they must learn from the ground up (Soap is likely a replacement for a recently deceased Sergeant and has transferred from another unit). He is given a quick training session in weapons and techniques by Gaz, before being introduced to Captain Price and the rest of Bravo Team. After passing the CQB (Close Quarters Battle) test (intended to be reminiscent of the real SAS "Killing Houses"), Soap is briefed on the mission to infiltrate and assault a cargo ship in the Bering Strait. On board the ship, they discover a nuclear bomb bound for Russia, though enemy MiGs interrupt their investigations, and Soap barely escapes with his life, being forced to leap for the ramp of their helicopter just as it begins flying away which causes him to lose his grip just to be rescued at the last second by Captain Price.

Upon completing the mission, Soap, Captain Price and Gaz move into Russia to extract the informant who supplied them with the intelligence for the cargo ship, a man codenamed Nikolai. Working in close conjunction with Russian Government Loyalists led by Sergeant Kamarov, they successfully locate and extract Nikolai from the battle zone, though their helicopter is shot down by Ultranationalist anti-aircraft missile fire. Bravo Team, Nikolai and another SAS operator are forced to fight their way through enemy lines, before being provided with support from an AC-130 Spectre Gunship, callsigned "Wildfire". They are extracted by helicopter under cover of heavy air support from Wildfire.

Soap's next mission with Bravo Team would take him to Azerbaijan. Clearing through an abandoned village, Soap witnessedKhaled Al-Asad's interrogation and execution by Captain Price. The next day, it appears Soap was designated the team's support man, being equipped with both an M249 and M21 sniper rifle. He was placed in charge of covering the team's retreat with the Minigun from a downed Black Hawk (destroying several Ultranationalist Helicopters in the process) and detonating theexplosive charges placed at Phase Line Bravo.

MacTavish's final mission in the Russian civil war saw him infiltrating Russia as part of the joint task force of US Marines and SAS operators in order to eliminate Imran Zakhaev's nuclear capability. He was in charge of destroying the electricity supply to the facility, and then, during the escape, provided all-around covering fire for their jeep as they made their way to the extraction site. Fighting fiercely at the bridge during the penultimate battle, he was thrown to the floor and severely injured by an exploding tanker. He was pulled into cover by SSgt. Griggs, moments before Griggs was killed, and watches helplessly asImran Zakhaev and his bodyguards execute Gaz and two SAS operatives. Just as all hope seems lost, a Loyalist Mi-28gunship destroys the Ultranationalist Mi-24 Hind, forcing Zakhaev and his henchmen to turn away from Soap and open fire on the helicopter. A heavily wounded Captain Price slides Soap his M1911 pistol, which enables him to personally kill Imran Zakhaev and two of his bodyguards. Moments later, Loyalist forces flood the scene and Kamarov comes to Soap's aid by helping him onto a stretcher, assuring him that he will be alright. Soap passes out during the middle of extraction and is revealed to have survived as the events of Modern Warfare 2 begins.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

Soap rescuing Sanderson in the missionCliffhanger.After the events of the civil war, MacTavish is promoted to Captain and is a squad leader of Task Force 141 alongside Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Rileyand Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson. MacTavish and Sanderson infiltrated Kazakhstan to recover an ACS module and escape on snowmobiles. Shortly after the mission, MacTavish leads Task Force 141 to capture Rojas in Rio De Janeiro only to find out from Rojas that Makarov has a strong hatred forPrisoner 627 in a Russian gulag. The task force is then swarmed by theBrazilian Militia but is saved by Nikolai, who had fought alongside Soap during the events of Modern Warfare.

Soap in The Hornet's Nest.Shortly after extracting from South America, MacTavish and Task Force 141 initiates a two-stage operation, the first stage being to secure a modified oil platform in order to disable SAM sites on the platform, and the second phase toinfiltrate the prison itself. After infiltrating the prison, MacTavish leads forces through a Russian gulag, and reunites with Captain Price (known as Prisoner 627). Although Price is at first hostile towards Roach he rejoins after recognizing Soap and the squad manages to exfiltrate (via SPIE rig) from the area. During this time, MacTavish returns Price's M1911 pistol he used to kill Imran Zakhaev five years earlier.

Soap leads the assault to rescuePrisoner 627 in The Gulag.During the events of "Contingency", MacTavish facilitates Price's infiltration inside a submarine by providing Predator drone support. After the events of the nuclear launch, Task Force 141 was split up to go investigate two locations, with Price and MacTavish investigating an arms deal in Afghanistan, while Ghost and Sanderson and the bulk of the task force investigate one of Makarov's safehouses in Russia. Price and MacTavish are attacked by Shepherd's men and attempt to warn Ghost and Sanderson, only to be late in the process. Soap and Pricemanage to escape the arms deal with the help of Nikolai while getting some intelligence from Makarov, focusing on killing Shepherd.

The duo then pursues Shepherd through Afghanistan, where they eventually corner him and attempt to kill him. However as MacTavish attempts to stab Shepherd, the latter disarms Soap, knocks him to the ground and impales him with a knife. Before Shepherd can execute MacTavish, Price tackles Shepherd and engages him in a long hand-to-hand fight, with Shepherd eventually gaining the upper hand. However Soap, now awake takes out the knife in his chest and throws it at Shepherd, killing the general for good. Price then comes to Soap's aid and the two are evacuated by Nikolai, who arrives in a MH-6 Little Bird. During the course of Shepherd's betrayal, Soap andPrice are labeled as international fugitives, and are on the run at the end of the game.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

SAS (Sergeant and Designated Sharpshooter)

  • Credenhill, UK - Began SAS training.
  • The Bering Strait - Participates in the assault on a cargo ship as part of Captain Price's Bravo Team.
  • Caucasus Mountains - Assaults a village and took part in the rescue of SAS informant Nikolai.
  • Western Russia - Helicopter crash en-route to Nikolai's base, eventually extracted.
  • Azerbaijan - Secures Al-Asad's safehouse and evacuates.
  • Southern Russia - Chases after Victor Zakhaev in joint SAS-Force Recon operation.
  • Altay Mountains - Stops missiles in joint SAS-Force Recon operation and kills Imran Zakhaev.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Task Force 141 (Captain and Field Commander)

  • Tian Shan Mountain, Kazakhstan - Assaults a base with Gary "Roach" Sanderson to recover an ACS module.
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Interrogates Rojas' assistant and Captures Alejandro Rojas a.k.a. "Alex the Red".
  • Vikorevka 36 Oil Platform, Russia - Secures an oil rig. Phase one of Prisoner Extraction operation.
  • Petropavlovsk, Russia - Led TF141 in the rescue of Prisoner #627 (Captain Price) during the assault on a Russian gulag. Phase two of Prisoner Extraction operation.
  • Kandahar, Afghanistan - Escapes General Shepherd's and Makarov's men from the boneyard with Captain Price.
  • Site Hotel Bravo, Afghanistan - Tracks down and kills General Shepherd with Captain Price.

Known ForEdit

  • Deactivating missiles that would destroy America.
  • Personally killing Imran Zakhaev.
  • Captain and field commander of Task Force 141.
  • Taking down Alejandro Rojas.
  • Personally killing General Shepherd.


"Ghost, the driver is dead. We're going on foot, meet us at the Hotel Rio!"
— MacTavish to Ghost, after Rojas' assistant shot the driver of the car.
"I know a guy. Let's find a pay phone - they still exist?"
— Captain MacTavish in the briefing of The Hornet's Nest
"Ok move upstairs. Control - we're advancing to Dock Two"
— Captain MacTavish after they cleared a room on the Oil Platform.
"Negative. They've stopped twice already - no sign of him"
— Captain MacTavish at the beginning of the level.
"This belongs to you sir."
— Soap giving back the M1911 he recieved on the bridge to Captain Price in The Gulag.
"It's good to have you back old man."
— Soap to Captain Price in "Contingency."
"We've got one UMP. They've got a thousand."
— Soap, in the cutscene before "Just Like Old Times."
— Soap, right before killing Shepherd.


  • Soap seems to be a designated marksman, as he starts with a long range weapon at least one time during every operation. The only two exceptions are during "Crew Expendable", as a sniper rifle would be inappropriate for such a setting, and during the events of Act Three, as American Sniper Team is already covering the squad. Also, Kamarov refers to Soap as "your sniper" while talking to Price.
  • Soap's face in "Cliffhanger" looks much different than his face in all other missions. This is due to the fact that he is unshaven and is concealing his mohawk with a hat. Also since most of his face is covered in snow.
  • Soap is referred to in the F.N.G. level as the F.N.G. which is military slang for "Fucking New Guy."
  • Soap is the second highest-ranking playable character in the Call of Duty series, with the first being Major Badanov fromCall of Duty: Finest Hour.
  • Soap has killed two high profile enemies; (Imran Zakhaev and Shepherd), something few playable characters have done in the Call of Duty series.
  • Soap's first name is John, as it was revealed during the 2007 E3 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare gameplay.
  • Soap's rendering in Modern Warfare 2 may have been based off Navy SEAL Kelly Lake, a character from the film Tears of the Sun, and he also resembles Joseph Turok.
  • Soap is the second playable character to be involved in a sequel, as in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 he returns as an NPC and playable character. The first returning character was James Doyle, who also came back as a playable character.
  • There is a scar above MacTavish's left eye.
  • There appear to be many similarities between Soap and Captain Price.
  1. They like to smoke before missions, like in Cliffhanger and Crew Expendable.
  2. In Cliffhanger, the part where Soap saves Sanderson is very similar to what Captain Price does when Soap jumps onto the helicopter in Crew Expendable.
  3. In Modern Warfare 1, Price's name when looked at is 'Captain Price' - the only name featured to have an unabbreviated rank. In Modern Warfare 2, Soap seems to inherit this distinction, as he is similarly titled without abbreviation, as 'Captain MacTavish'.
  4. Like Captain Price, MacTavish has a right-hand man. Price's was Gaz, and MacTavish's was Ghost. Oddly enough, both Ghost and Gaz end up being personally executed by major antagonists and are voiced by the same person.
  • On Soap's vest, a patch is clearly seen with the letters S.A.S..
  • Soap is one of only seven playable characters to have his face revealed (the others being Captain Price and the Nazi Zombie characters).
  • A sculpted head of MacTavish is available with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition.
  • After finding Price, Price greets him as Soap. This confuses the members of Soap's team, meaning that Soap never told them his nickname and they simply call him Captain MacTavish. Worm even asks "Who's Soap?"
  • In Modern Warfare 2, he is referred to as "Captain MacTavish" until Contingency, where the subtitles refer to him as his nickname: "Soap."
  • Despite speaking in earlier missions as an NPC, Soap no longer speaks (aside from grunts) when the player takes control of him.
  • Additionally, all of his grunts and breathing audio when controlled by the player sound nothing like Soap's usual voice and instead are identical to the other playable characters.
  • In Just Like Old Times, when hanging from the rope and stabbing the enemy soldier, Soap sighs in his actual voice.
  • In the Mission S.S.D.D., one of the Soldiers refers to Soap as "that mohawk guy".
  • Soap bears a striking similarity to "Kelly Lake" from the movie "Tears of the Sun" [1].(Picture link of Lake,
  • At the end of Endgame, when Soap pulls the knife out of his chest, you can clearly see the Infinity Ward logo near the hilt.
  • Ironically, his Signature mohawk is seen in every mission besides first(chronologically third)in MW2


  • (2 games)
    • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (First appearance)
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Kevin McKidd